Feds sending military medical team to help out NY hospital
syracuse.com February 1, 2022
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Tribune News Service) — The federal government is sending another 20-member medical team to help out Upstate University Hospital, which is short-staffed and overwhelmed with COVID patients.
The U.S. Department of Defense military team could arrive as early as Feb. 7, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office announced today.
Upstate got assistance in January from two U.S. Department of Health and Human Services disaster medical assistance teams. The last team left Jan. 26.
The military team will include doctors, nurses, respiratory technicians and command staff. They will stay about 30 days.
Dr. Robert Corona, Upstate’s CEO, said Upstate is caring for a disproportionate share of COVID patients in Syracuse. The number of COVID patients has declined, but not as quickly as it has at downstate hospitals, he said.
“Upstate New York is still struggling a bit with Covid,” Corona said in a message posted on Upstate’s website.
A military team also will help out at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
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